Job Security: it's important at UNSW!
Data provided by UNSW management to Fair Work Australia shows how bad employment security is at UNSW. In their submissions, the University reported that 2028 technical and professional staff are employed on a casual basis. In addition, the University reported 930 fixed term appointments to the Federal Government in its formal reports last year.
If accurate, this means that:
- 41% of professional staff are employed on a casual basis
- Approximately 19% are employed on fixed term contracts
- Only 40% of UNSW professional staff are employed on a continuing basis.
No wonder staff feel overloaded!
Insecure employment increases stress: it means less freedom as staff can become afraid to speak their mind, and it causes greater difficulty in planning for the future, for example in qualifying for home loans.
A powerful explanation of the link between insecure employment and freedom in a university context can be found in this youtube video 'The Twilight of Academic Freedom' from the blog How the University Works in the United States.
These figures reinforce the NTEU’s determination to oppose the current collective agreement- as long as management refuses to limit fixed term and casual employment.
The NTEU will not abandon general and professional staff job security as an important issue in bargaining.
General and Academic Staff at UNSW - stronger together
To give those people who requested it a better idea of the situation: from 2005-2009, 84 per cent of jobs growth at UNSW has been in precarious employment, according to DEEWR figures. Only 4 per cent of jobs growth has been in permanent positions. For Professional and Technical staff, this figure is worse. A comparative table can be seen below: